Purebred or Mixed Breed?

Which is best, a purebred or a mixed breed?

Everyone has an opinion, but both varieties have their merits – and their drawbacks. Purebreds usually display traits and behaviours that stem from what they were bred for: sporting dogs like to fetch and carry things because they are used for hunting; terriers like to bark and dig because they are used to root-out rodents and other vermin; and herding dogs may try to herd you and your children because they are used to control and direct animals. With purebreds, you will have a better idea of what the puppy will look like when he gets older. You may also have to deal with disorders and physical problems that are unique to each breed, such as bone and joint problems or blood and heart disorders.

Mixed breeds may display a number of desirable behaviours and traits, and can offer just as much companionship as their purebred cousins. An experienced handler at an animal shelter should be able to tell you the breeds that comprise your mixed breed. This can give you an idea of the health and physical problems you may see – and determine how big he will get, as well as his overall behavioural traits.